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With its golden sands and wealth of family attractions, the Venetian Riviera is Italian beach life at its best. Whether you want to laze away your days with a good book on the beach, or fancy braving the thrilling slides at Aqualandia water park, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied on holidays to the Venetian Riviera. And if you want to experience the grand architecture, museums, and fabulous food of Venice itself, you’re only a short ferry ride away. With so much to see and do, families and couples have everything they need for a relaxing, fun-packed holiday.
In the summer months temperatures reach the high 20s to low 30s (°C)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) airport is 32km from Lido di Jesolo; 94km from Lignano Sabbiadoro; and 96km from Bibione
If you’re on holiday in the Venetian Riviera and you're looking to take a break from the beach for a while, then a good bet would be to take a ferry to Venice. To start with, you could explore the stunning Piazza San Marco square, which is overlooked by St Mark's Basilica, a huge Italo-Byzantine church dating back more than 1,000 years. Both inside and out, it's one of the city's most imposing landmarks, and a powerful symbol of the wealth of the Venetian Empire, which lasted 1,100 years. Head to the beautiful 16th-century Rialto Bridge above the Grand Canal, then see a concert or opera at the Teatro La Fenice theatre.
For something extra special for your Venetian Riviera holidays, hire a gondola for an hour or so, which will let you get the best views of the Renaissance buildings from areas that you can’t reach on foot. However, gondolas can be rather pricey, especially in the peak season, and they are by no means essential. Sometimes, it's just as enjoyable, and arguably more exciting, to explore Venice spontaneously rather than following a strict schedule. If you're eager to get away from the touristy areas, head up to Cannaregio, where you can immerse yourself in traditional Venetian life, see the Jewish ghetto, and explore the lively cafés.
The Lido island is also home to many beautiful Italian Art Noveau buildings and the Chiesa di San Nicolò di Lido, a church dating back more than 900 years.
The main advantage of taking Venetian Riviera holidays is that whenever it's too hot or busy in Venice, you can always take the ferry to the Lido di Jesolo to unwind on the beach. All of the beaches all along the Venetian Riviera have Blue Flag status, which means they're among the cleanest you'll find anywhere in Europe. Better still, they are gently shelving, which makes the sea ideal for families with young children. Hire a sun lounger and soak up the sun, or head to one of the many beach bars for a tasty pasta dish with some Italian beer.
Although some beaches are private, there is a free beach known as 'spiaggia libera', where you can take a towel and relax in the sun, although arrive early before the crowds pack out the best spots!
Sample some authentic Venetian dishes such as thick bigoli spaghetti with salty sardine and onion sauce, radicchio risotto, and sweet fried dumplings known as Frittelle. You can find plenty of great places to eat out. In Venice itself, many locals would argue that the best places to dine are in the Canarregio neighbourhood.
The Venetian Riviera and Vento region are also famed for their wines, which include the ever-popular Soave and Prosecco varieties. When choosing wine, look out for the DOC label (Denominazione di origine controllata), a quality assurance label that ensures wines are produced with verified methods and meet minimum standards.
Wine drinkers: Taste some of the delicious wines made in the surrounding Veneto area.
Beach lovers: Lido di Jesolo’s golden sands are within walking distance of most of the resort’s hotels.
Families: Zip down the slides at Aqualandia water park, and see the tigers and elephants at Parco Zoo Punta Verde. The perfect way to cool off from the summer heat, and the kids will love it!
Language: The language spoken here is Italian, although English is spoken in most hotels and visitor attractions. However, you can always carry an Italian phrasebook or download an app to practice the language.
Local time: The Venetian Riviera is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Currency: The currency used in the Venetian Riviera is Euro (€).
Fly to: Venice Marco Polo (VCE) airport is 32km from Lido di Jesolo; 94km from Lignano Sabbiadoro; and 96km from Bibione.
Flight time from the UK: Approximately 2 hours.
Tourist information: Further Venetian Riviera tourist information can be found here.
Visa & health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for Venetian Riviera holidays.
Temperature: High 20s to low 30s (°C) in summer.
Best time to visit: Spring or autumn for slightly milder temperatures.
Summer temperatures here are often quite hot, regularly hitting the early 30s (°C), although average daytime temperatures are typically just under 30°C in July and August. Spring and autumn are both great times to visit, as you’ll have much more pleasant temperatures, and popular Riviera holidays tourist spots are usually quieter too. Winter and early spring can be rather chilly, although this is the best time to avoid the crowds. By July or August, it's not uncommon for the sea temperature to be in the mid to late 20s°C, which means it won't take you half an hour to get used to the water like in the UK!
By boat: From leisurely gondolas to zippy vaporettos, there are lots of different types of water vessels to choose from when you want to tour Venice’s unique network of historic canals. There are also regular ferries between Venice and Lido di Jesolo throughout the day.
By mini-train: Take in the sights of Lignano Sabbiadoro by riding the tourist train. On the way you’ll see the beach, church, and the Terrazza a Mare pier.
By bus: Most of the major tourist areas in the Venetian Riviera and Venice can be accessed via bus. Pick up a ticket at a news stand and board at your nearest bus stop.
For film fans: Visit the oldest film festival in the world. Taking place in August, the annual Venice International Film Festival draws in famous directors and actors.
Carnivale: Pack in as much fun as possible before the beginning of Lent, just as the Venetians did centuries ago. Head to Piazza San Marco in February for the world’s most famous masked ball.
Food, glorious food: Bibone’s Septemberfest is a traditional harvest celebration of local food and drink. Taste locally-made wines and traditional dishes such as juicy roast pork, sardines with creamy polenta, and garlicky salami. This is Italian food at its finest, and yes, there is pizza for the kids!